Lights back on for problematic portions of Nimitz Hwy.

Lights back on for problematic portions of Nimitz Hwy.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After nearly two years of being out, new street lighting is slowly returning to Nimitz Highway in the Sand Island and Mapunapuna areas.

New LED energy efficient lighting replaces the old yellow and orange street lights that were disabled by copper thieves most recently in 2014.

The new fixtures have a special monitoring capability, so if anyone disables the lighting, it alerts highway crews allowing them to notify authorities to the location.

There are still lights on the eastbound side of Nimitz Highway that remain out approaching the paintball field area, but HDOT officials said they expect the stretch to be fully restored by the end of the year.

Nimitz Highway is among numerous state highways in Honolulu and Maui counties that are a part of a $60 million project to reduce annual energy costs by 43% with the new fixtures. Officials estimate $126 million will be saved over the estimated 18 year performance period.

The contractor, Johnson Controls, is handling the new Light Emitting Diod (LED) installation that will replace 20,000 state street light and tunnel fixtures.

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